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Are learning disabilities hereditary?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Some forms of LD, such as certain types of dyslexia, are clearly inherited, others are not.
Its always useful to ask about relatives, especially parents when evaluated LD>

In brief: Sometimes

Some forms of LD, such as certain types of dyslexia, are clearly inherited, others are not.
Its always useful to ask about relatives, especially parents when evaluated LD>
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: They Can Be

Learning disabilities appear to have some inheritability, such as dyslexia which is difficulty with reading comprehension.
This does not mean a child has to have the problem, but suggests that parents need to be alert if there is a problem surfacing.

In brief: They Can Be

Learning disabilities appear to have some inheritability, such as dyslexia which is difficulty with reading comprehension.
This does not mean a child has to have the problem, but suggests that parents need to be alert if there is a problem surfacing.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hereditary LD

There is stong evidence to suggest that learning disorders run in families.
This finding provides support for a "heritability factor" as a causal factor. A good history of the family should reveal that some members had difficulty learning or intellectually.

In brief: Hereditary LD

There is stong evidence to suggest that learning disorders run in families.
This finding provides support for a "heritability factor" as a causal factor. A good history of the family should reveal that some members had difficulty learning or intellectually.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Strong heritability

Ld is considered an inherited condition.
Most people with ld have a positive family history of ld. But some people acquire ld as a consequence of perinatal problems such as prematurity, intrauterine malnutrition, or exposure to drugs or alcohol. Or later in life after brain injury, although these would not be rightly termed ld, but tbi, or encephalopathy.

In brief: Strong heritability

Ld is considered an inherited condition.
Most people with ld have a positive family history of ld. But some people acquire ld as a consequence of perinatal problems such as prematurity, intrauterine malnutrition, or exposure to drugs or alcohol. Or later in life after brain injury, although these would not be rightly termed ld, but tbi, or encephalopathy.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Many are

Learning disabilities can be common among family members.

In brief: Many are

Learning disabilities can be common among family members.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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